OLMITZ - Magdalene Josephine Bartonek, 95, died June 28 at Galichia Heart Hospital, Wichita. Born March 18, 1917, at Olmitz, she was the daughter of Joseph J. & Anna (Priesnitz) Nemlowill. She married Abe Bartonek Nov. 26, 1940, at Hoisington. He died 1984. A lifelong Olmitz resident, she was a homemaker.
TOPEKA - Richard Kirby Petersilie, 46, died June 25, 2012 at the Rush County Memorial Hospital in La Crosse. Born March 12, 1966 in Ness City, he was the son of Ory Petersilie and Mickie Malone. He attended Otis-Bison High School in Otis. A resident of Topeka for more than 25 years he was employed by Emerson Construction of Topeka and was working on a project in La Crosse. He was formerly a mechanic for Topeka Travel Plaza for many years.
HOISINGTON – Roger Lee Zeigler, 76, died June 25 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 3, 1935, he was the son of Donald L. and Bernice W. (Slimmer) Zeigler. He worked as a sales associate and representative for Tower Products at Lenexa. A Hoisington High School graduate, he was a resident of Hoisington for most of his life. He spent several years in Kenwood Plaza, St. John.
John H. Mitchell Jr., 79, died June 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 27, 1932, at Albany, N.Y., he was the son of John Henry and Ada (Oliver) Mitchell. He married Lois Ann Rule on June 5, 1955, at Green Island, N.Y. She died June 13, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Troy and Green Island, N.Y., he worked as a production manager for Fuller Brush Company.
Viola Eleanor Schwein, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend, where she had been a resident for the last 6 ½ years. She was born Dec. 28, 1915, at Hoisington, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Herdt) Schneider.
BURLINGTON, Iowa – LaDonna Maxine Denney, 79, died June 23 at her home in Burlington, Iowa, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side. Born Jan. 25, 1933, at Kiowa, she was the daughter of Laurence G. and Bertha Pearl (Downtain) Thomas. She married Donald Dean Denney Sr. on May 23, 1952, at Great Bend. He died Aug. 14, 2000. An Iowa resident, she was a cook for Unified School District 428, retiring after 35 years of service.
TRACY, Calif. - Suzie Reed, 68, passed away Sunday, June 17 in Tracy, Calif. at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Mrs. Reed was a native of Great Bend. She moved to Pampa, Texas, living there from 1972 to 2002, eventually moving to Tracy, Calif., 1½ years ago to be closer to her daughter and family. She loved and enjoyed dogs and worked as a self-employed dog groomer for 40 years.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Donald A. Riegel, 86, died June 20. He was born Jan. 29, 1926, at Great Bend, the son of Virgil and Harriet Riegel. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1944, served the United States military in Korea in 1946, and then attended college at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...
CHASE - Katharine Kay Brady, 70, died May 9, 2015, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. She was born Dec. 27, 1944, at Lyons, the daughter of Willis and Frances Haas White. She graduated from Chase High School in 1962. She was married to Melvin Brady. He preceded her in death. A longtime Chase resident, she was a homemaker and CNA at the Ellinwood Hospital.